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Assistant practitioners in health and social care

The role of the Assistant Practitioner (AP) is defined as:

 “A worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They have a required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional healthcare assistant or support worker. The Assistant Practitioner would be able to deliver elements of health and social care and undertake clinical work in domains that have previously only been within the remit of registered professionals. The AP may transcend professional boundaries. They are accountable to themselves, their employer, and, more importantly, the people they serve.”

Skills for Health 2009

This role is being utilised across the healthcare sector nationally and internationally in different environments supporting a multitude of services. Health Education England are keen to gather evidence and expertise on how this role is being developed across the sector, and the impact it is having on quality, safety and service user outcomes.

Anecdotal evidence from service providers have highlighted that the implementation and information around this role seems fragmented and confusing. There is a requirement to have a body of evidence which can be used to support the implementation of the role which can be updated as required in order to facilitate and drive the implementation of the AP role. 

Call for evidence

Thank you for your responses to our call for evidence earlier this year when we asked for your evidence and good practice examples around the following four themes:

  1. APs and their contribution to a sustainable workforce
  2. Introduction and evolution of AP roles
  3. Education of APs in preparation for their roles
  4. Progression beyond the AP role. 

Our aim is to spread the work about the positive contribution that APs make to the health and social care workforce and to share best practice. Your evidence will inform the conference agenda and ensure that it is passed on real case studies form service providers organisations across England.

As an individual or organisation submitting evidence please be aware that you may be asked to either:

  • Prepare Material for display on the day
  • Contribute to the session yourself; or,
  • Provide material to be made available after the conference.


You will have the opportunity to submit any evidence or information that you feel is relevant but may not fit into any of the four themes.


Please access the submission form or book your place at the conference.

Please direct queries to Sue.Gray@nbt.nhs.ukPat.Green@nbt.nhs.uk or Sue.Crew@nbt.nhs.uk.

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